[in-toh-neyt, -tuh-]
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Origin of intonate

1785–95; < Medieval Latin intonātus, past participle of intonāre to intone. See -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for intonate


verb (tr)
  1. to pronounce or articulate (continuous connected speech) with a characteristic rise and fall of the voice
  2. a less common word for intone
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Word Origin and History for intonate

1795, from Medieval Latin intonatus, past participle of intonare (see intone) + -ate (2). Cf. Italian intonare, French entonner. Related: Intonated; intonating.

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